Welcome to the Close Combat Self Defence Club website.

Self defence builds confidence and character, increases fitness, improving health and provides a fun, social environment for all people to find out what they are capable of.

Gain a huge sense of achievement as you develop your skills and learn how to prevent harm to yourself and others, regardless of your size and strength, age or gender, without landing yourself on the wrong side of the law. 

Learn how the law works and about your rights to defend yourself with reasonable force, as there are a lot of myths surrounding what you are and are not allowed to do.

So come and train with me in a safe and friendly environment, build on your skills in an intelligent, reality based self-defence system built on rock solid principles, the club is in Pennington, in Lymington, Hampshire, but we offer places to anyone living in and around the New Forest. Get fit, get healthy and become the person you want to be.


  • This is the club to attend. The lesson is structured well with clear objectives to each section. I love that your own past experience doesn’t need to matter but it can. If you’ve never really done any fitness, self defence, or martial arts it doesn’t matter. There’s something to be learned no matter your skill level. Also a great fitness class with a lot of focus on the entire body with a good cardio warm up and then a whole body workout all whilst learning realistic methods of self defence.

    Very able instructor who obviously cares a lot about the club, the students and the result. Very professional but with an honest, open feel. Family run, there is a fun and humorous edge to every lesson. David takes the time to assess each element with each individual to ensure their learning and safety, that extends outside the club as he is always available to talk to and question.

    Overall I think if you are looking to improve your fitness, learn to defend yourself or even if you’re not you should go to a session and see what it’s all about. Octavia, Pennington

    Octavia, Pennington

  • I have never felt physically strong and after being in a domestically violent relationship for many years I was never able to defend myself. Once I saw Close Combat was opening, I thought it was a perfect opportunity to learn the skills and techniques to be able to defend myself, I am learning that you don’t need to be strong, just have the knowledge. I have been there now for 3 months and feel that I have learnt a lot, David and Leighann have made me feel so relaxed and when I am confused about anything, they take their time to show students the moves repeatedly until they get it. It’s a great class with some incredible team mates who really support and encourage each other and in brilliant environment I really enjoy myself I’m proud to be part of Close Combat.

    Makeala, Pennington

  • “Being a newcomer to martial arts and self defence in general, I was slightly nervous about what to expect, but David pitches the lessons to the varied ability of the students very well. The small class size helps, as he always makes time for hands on instruction with each student. David’s style of instruction is clear and demonstrations of moves are always given with his training partner. The safety and comfort of students is always given high priority.”

    Angela, Lymington